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of us. >> we learned in today's news conference more of the effort that went into saving his life. one doctor said five times the amount of blood the average human body holds is what they needed to use in this operation. more than highland hospital has. things were frontic for a while. at one point the red cross had to put blood in a taxi and send it to the hospital to make sure they had enough. >> you can see the enormous stress of this past week in her face. >> absent lewolutely. >> garvin, thanks. >>> we are following developing news as a raging fire is tearing through a large home in pleasant hill in contra costa county. flames broke out about an hour ago seen first near the garage in the front of the house. soon after, firefighters were spotted on the roof breaking through it with tools. no word on whether anyone was inside the home when the fire started. we'll have more information on it as we get it. >>> some bizarre claims tonight from the man who may hold the key to an east bay killing spree. the man who lives at the house where two of the victims were found made his first cou
. robin is starting hers a little early. it's nice to have elizabeth vargas here with us. welcome back from your vacation. >> thank you. we left as the sea was churning. you could see hurricane earl. >> it's going to define labor day weekend for so many on the east coast. 26 million in its path right now. luckily, for a lot of us in the northeast, it's losing some of its steam. it's now a category 2 storm. we're going to show a live picture of virginia beach. the storm is just offshore there. sam champion is there. you see the waves kicking up. it was a little tough ride in north carolina. >> overnight, earl came within 85 miles of cape hatteras, with wind gusts up to 78 miles per hour. that is hurricane force. and it may be a sign of what's to come further north. over the next 24 hours, hurricane earl is expected to give a second punishing blow to eastern massachusetts. that's montauk right there. hurricane warnings are all up for cape cod and martha's vineyard and nantucket. boats being pulled from the water. fema, sending supplies and telling people not to be lulled into any sense o
. but they do extend, big waves for many miles. the eye of the storm is disappearing on us. we could be undergoing an eyewall replacement cycle and that may not have time to fully wind back up. now the waves are probably the biggest story with this storm. the beach erosion is going to be incredible. we have 14-foot waves off of hatteras, 13-foot waves off of wilmington. the wave action is going to be incredible going all the way up the east coast to cape cod during the day tomorrow. hurricane warnings cape cod, hurricane warnings from virginia beach southward to just outside of jacksonville, north carolina near camp lejeune. as far as our commuter models go, everything is taking it offshore at this point. the only close call is out there at nantucket, martha's vineyard, chatam. it should be a category 3 and then a category 2 by the time it's south of new england, weakening to a category 1 as it impacts either down east maine, they're probably going to get hit good saturday morning. the tropical storm force winds, the worst where stephanie is located, and then as everyone drives to wo
headed across a very large swath of the u.s. coastline. it's got a lot of people worried. >> that's right. right now we're going to update you on exactly where hurricane earl is and where the track of hurricane earl is expected as the day moves on. first, though, a quick update on a security breach that happened at miami's airport. this was earlier this morning. the feds are now confirming that a passenger was taken into custody and that the bomb squad was brought in after a suspicious item was spotted in the baggage screening area. we have our john zarella on it. he's going to be joining us live with the very latest on this investigation in a few moments. >> first let's get to hurricane earl making its move up the east coast. the category 2 storm has weak epd now. it still poses a threat. right now earl is centered about 100 miles off the coast of cape hatteras, north carolina. storm warnings and watches stretch all the way to canada now. >> and hurricane earl is barrelling up the eastern seaboard, as you can see from the track here. it puts eastern long island as well as new england in
for being with us. what can you tell us about what's happening right now? >> reporter: ms. maddow, as you can see, we've got a wind going on. nothing horrible. 10 to 15-mile-per-hour winds. the seas behind me very angry right now. we haven't seen the rain bands just yet. they are literally just to the south. currently earl is 160 miles -- the center of earl 160 miles south of us right now. 625 miles southeast of nantucket, massachusetts. right now you, as you mentioned, 110-mile-per-hour winds. for a hurricane, that's a pretty quick clip. we are watching this move rather rapidly. we expect by 3:00 this morning, it should be parallel to the outer banks. we don't expect it to make landfall. right now it's moving north. the latest look at the satellite shows a wobble to the east. we've had a wobble to the west. we're going to be keeping an eye on this. we don't expect necessarily there to be landfall per se. however, when you consider that hurricane-force winds extend out 70 miles from the center of earl and tropical-force winds 205 miles from the center, you don't have to have landfall to g
't be swept away by the surf. the mayor spoke to us after one of his daily briefings by the emergency management team. >> the beach is going to be rough. the surf, we are going to see erosion. we are going to keep people out of the surf. beach patrol will be on duty at 5:00. the beach is open. we are restricting access to the surf. we will continue to do it throughout the day and theÑi >> reporter: you are looking live at a kite on the ocean city beach showing the innovation of some of the visitors. if you are given lemons, make lemonade. the mayor says that he believes the storm will be passing by 5:00 tonight. as you can see, the wind and rain returned. we are gettingxd conditions as d as they have been as we are broadcasting to you live on midday news 4 at 11:00. it's the situation here in ocean city. >> looks like a good day for kite flying. i can see a kite flying behind you, chris. >> reporter: they have had a couple out here. you know, we have people enjoying the day, the natural wonder of it all coming out. it's especially good it's not followed by days of cloudiness and rain
your cash flow situation. pnc. for the achiever in us all. >>> good morning, america. i'm elizabeth vargas. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. it's friday, september 3rd. and we have breaking news overnight. hurricane earl smashes against the carolinas. 105-mile-per-hour winds. waves up to 30 feet high. flooding the outer banks. the storm threatens to swamp beaches all the way to maine. >> eastern long island and massachusetts are next in its path. and will face hurricane conditions within 24 hours. sam leads our team of correspondents, live from the storm zone. >>> also breaking overnight, a suspicious package grinds miami's airport to a halt. the bomb squad called in, as thousands of travelers are evacuated and a suspect is arrested. >>> and not again. another oil rig explosion in the gulf, flinging 13 oil workers into the water. an eerie refinder of the deadly bp disaster. what went wrong this time? >>> you see the surf there. hello, everyone. we hope you're set for a fun labor day weekend. robin is starting hers a little early. it's nice to have elizabeth vargas here with us. wel
that that house was being used to stash large amounts of marijuana to be sold by gilmer and her co-defendant darryl bellard. now the state's attorney office is revealing how bellard was related to the children he is charged with murdering. neither darryl bellard nor tkeisha gilmer spoke during the hearing but both had plenty to say to police on the day the murders. a detective testified bellard was at the home when police arrived to find the bodies of 38-year-old dawn brooks, 41-year-old mwasiti sikyala and brook's two children, a 3 and 4-year-old. all four had been shot to death. corporate michael delaney questioned gilmer. he said gilmer told police she and bellard drove from texas to sell marijuana in maryland and stashed it in the house. when they returned, dawn brooks told them someone had come and taken the drugs from the home. the detective says gilmer told him bellard was enraged and searched for the drugs from the debris filled home. they got two guns, came back in, and according to gilmer, bellard shot all four. her lawyer argued the confession had been coerced, saying gi
hurricane, winds us0 miles-an-hour. it is fewer than 160 miles from cape hatteras, north carolina. the storm is expected to pass near the outer banks within the next few hours packing hurricane force winds that extend 70 miles from the storm's center. nasa has been using photographs for the last four days. you can see how the storm has been growing and rolling closer to the coast and closer to north carolina. the first strong bands of rain have already started to hit outer banks of north carolina. it is hit and miss you know how those bands go. today police went door-to-door to make sure everybody had received evacuation notices because the state's governor warned once the storm hits folks who decided to stay are pretty much on their own. we have extensive team fox coverage throughout the night. rick leventhal on the east end of long island in montauk. monitoring the storm, first jonathan serrie in north carolina. i'm told the winds are come and go? >> reporter: they are indeed. the winds are picking up and continue to pick up at a slow, but stable pace. you said it was hit and miss as far a
glad hurricane earl did not do anymore damage, but i could have used a drop of an at my house and we didn't get anything. >> it skirted off to the east, heading right toward nantucket, skirted north carolina. this has been a real close call. doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods. they did get a labor day break from hurricane earl in the northeast. actually it's been downgraded to a tropical storm as it brushed the coast of massachusetts this morning with heavy rain and high winds. >> and lots of sighs of relief up and down the east coast because this could have been a lot worse. but it if you're thinking of testing the waters at the beach, you'll want to watch out for what earl left behind. we'll have a full update. >> half a world away, a big earthquake in new zealand caused widespread damage in their second largest city which is actually locked down today. >> the prime minister said it was a miracle that no one was killed. we will head live to christ church for a look at the damage there in just a few minutes. >> back in this country, coulky horman would have been going back tol
gets top honors on the list that you don't want to be on on this night. remember, stay with us. stay with us right here because we're going to be your hurricane headquarters throughout the evening. this thing could be touching around the carolinas 2:00 a.m. that's our show. that's our show. here now, "larry king live." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >> larry: tonight, a monster storm. hurricane earl striking north carolina's outer banks. warnings and watches are up along the east coast. high surf, deadly rip currents threaten everybody. we've got live reports from those in earl's path. and then israeli and palestinian leaders are meeting with president obama. can decades-old conflict ever be resolved? they got a one-year deadline. and the former secretary of state, madeleine al bright is here to tell us what's at stake this time. it's all next on "larry king live." all eyes are on hurricane earl, including rob marciano's. the cnn news and weather anchor is in kill devil hills, north carolina. rob, what's the situation right now? >> winds have been increasing. we haven't seen a
efforts. we have coverage all up and down the coast this morning. and, of course, sam starts us off from the north carolina coast in atlantic beach, where everyone is on high alert. good morning, sam. >> good morning, robin. the waters are chopping up this morning because earl is about 350 miles away from where we're standing right now. as george said, bigger and stronger than it ever was. at 145 miles per hour, this storm is just ten miles away. 10-mile-per-hour change in the winds, from a rare category 5 hurricane. here's the latest track on earl. here's what is expected this storm will do over the next two or three days. that is move along the carolina coastline, with hurricane-force winds to be felt here. to continue to curve up the shoreline, with hurricane-force winds to be felt near cape cod. and all the way along, we'll see waves in the 12 to 16-foot category. earl may have been a storm that was difficult to get everyone's attention with. but now, it's a storm that demands attention. >> this eye looks about 25 miles wide. >> reporter: it's an exclusive view of the eye of earl. fr
thompson is live in venice, louisiana. tell us how this could happen. what do you know of this new accident? >> reporter: what we do know is there was a fire on the oil platform. there was a helicopter flying over the platform this morning. this oil platform is working in about 2,500 feet of water. 13 people were on the platform. all 13 have been accounted for. there are reports that one person has been injured hospital terrabone parish medical center is on standby receive that person once the coast guard picks his or her out of the water. the owner of the platform tells cnbc they have seen no evidence of an oil sheen around the platform or a leak. robert gibbs said this platform was not in production. we don't know what was going on at the platform when the rig exploded. at this signs no explosion of an oil leak. >> a frightening reminder of how dangerous it is down therement thanks, anne thompson. >>> now about two hours earlier the talks began. they got under way. george mitchell, the president's special enjoy for the middle east is now briefing. so it looks as though the talks have conc
. they sort of plightly said to us that we were barking up the wrong tree when it came to talking about damage. i told you earlier about my son who lives in halifax. i just got off the phone from him. i woke him from his college slumber on a saturday morning. he looked out the window and said it was windy and rainy. but it's no worse than a rainy day in chicago. so there you go. >> you're going to have to send him or $20 or something for helping you with your news gathering. >> i'll be having a lobster roll on your behalf, alex. >> oh, good. thank you very much, kevin tibbles. thank you for the update. >>> nbc mooe meeteorologist bil karins is following earl. >> we have a weather spot in halifax now. it's perfect. they're going to go through the storm in the next two hours. let's show you storm itself. the last rain bands exited bangor, maine and bar harbor now. the rain will take another two or three hours. that will clear your location. you can see we now are watching land fall there in nova scotia of a strong tropical storm. we're going to get tree damage and minor structural damage. an upd
from saying "i do." >> it will always be memorable, that's for sure. it's given us plenty of challenges, but nothing is stopping us. >> reporter: lasting memories of each other and their special day, shared with a hurricane. earl wreaked havoc all along the eastern seaboard, beginning with the north carolina outer banks overnight. the eye of the storm staying far offshore but close enough to bring driving wind and rain to the barrier islands. on new york's long island, powerful waves and rip currents created dangerous conditions at area beaches. >> obviously the surf has come up a lot. there's definitely riptide out there and we're starting to see a lot of beach erosion. >> reporter: and now that earl has arrived in new england, the question, how much damage will he leave behind. michelle franzen, nbc news, chatham, massachusetts. >> for more on earl's impact on the beaches in our area, chuck bell is in the stormcenter with more. hi, chuck. >> hey there, doreen. yes, indeed, it's very good news for people with interests in martha's vineyard, nantucket and cape cod. the storm has now bee
that was found inside the lobby, the chief just told us that device was the one that was attached to mr. lee and that if it went off, it could have been lethal to mr. lee and the hostages. yesterday, you may recall the thought that partiallydest detonated after he was shot and said that did not happen. the police are saying that there were a total of eight explosive devices found. four inside the discovery channel building and four inside the home on kimberly drive. police are also now saying that they still looking for a vehicle that mr. lee was driving and they did not describe this vehicle, we don't have plates or any idea what it looks like and they believe that he used the vehicle, perhaps, to get down here and that is unclear where they're looking for it and that is still out there, the vehicle, and they want to know where it is. in addition to that, we learned the fire department and police department trained together in the last 60 days for exactly the type of event that happened here yesterday. back to you. >> and thank goodness they went through the training. thank you. >>> thousan
duty to vote. >> voting early is the same process we are used to on election day. it is the same electronic voting machines and the same check-in process. the only difference is where you vote. >> they do not go to the regular precinct. >> to find an early voting polling place, go to our website, wbaltv.com. >> early voting for the primary election runs through thursday, september 9. there will be no voting on sunday. we have posted a link to all the early voting locations on our website, wbaltv.com. just click on politics. >> even though private employers hired more people in the last three months, the unemployment rate went up because not enough jobs were created to absorb the growing number of people looking for work. the jobs report was not great, but it was reassuring enough for starks to jump this afternoon. -- for stocks to jump this afternoon. >> the good news going into this labor day holiday, private employers added 67,000 new jobs in august, making a double-dip recession seem less likely. the bad news, unemployment went up any way to 9.6%, showing once again in the eco
had four devices on him. there were two propane tanks, the kind you would use going camping. the propane tank hz pipe with shotgun shells attached. i had pipe bombs that contained fireworks type explosive. >> reporter: for nearly four hours, lee held a security guard and two employees hostage. when an nbc news producer called discovery's general line, lee picked up the telephone and started talking. >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it -- i'll explode. >> reporter: the stand-off came to an end when police say lee pointed a gun at the hostages, prompting s.w.a.t. team members to open fire. lee was killed. overnight, police continued to collect physical evidence in the building. officers could be seen in the lobby and searching the bushes around the entrance. as morning wore on, investigators loaded bags and boxes of evidence into a waiting van. a section of wayne avenue remains closed this morning while the building has been given the all-clear, police continue to control t
tides. seriously dangerous rip tides. bigger waves than we're used to seeing out there. this is right about the time on the outskirts of when forecasters said earl would be pushing off, it's taking a jog to the right there. let's go to will thomas, standing by live in ocean city to tell us what he's seen. >> reporter: the winds are still kicking up, nothing like what we saw this morning. although one of the life guards just told me he's saying some waves that are measuring 10 feet or more. sun starting to pop out, so that means tourists are coming out on to the board walk and the beach and have fun. but life guards busy today. the access to water was off-limits. so as the storm surge moved up the sand, covered the sand, life guards were instructed to keep everyone often the sand until the water receded. the threat of rip currents still a significant danger. the board walk filled with people looking at the rough surfs. some did it from their balconies. it became the big tourist attraction of the day. a little wind and chop, not enough to keep tourists in doors for long. don't walk out
england. the outer banks, they see a ton of storms. huge storms all the time. the trees and buildings used to it. eastern new england, the leaves are still on the trees and may do more damage out there on the cape. waiting for tonight to see how that plays out. radar, of the storm, ron in the last rain band from the storm and probably in sunshine in an hour or two. winds in delaware and maryland, no big deal. wildwood to atlantic city, gusting 20 to 30 miles per hour. so really the mid-atlantic not an issue. as the storm heads northwards, notice cape cod far to the east there. that's why it's going to see the stronger winds. rain showers moving up into new england and long island. you have to be out there on the end of long island to be hit by the storm. as far as the stormwise, a different view. hurricane warnings for cape cod. large waves are now arriving and that forecast path brings the storm closest to eastern new england right around 10:00 p.m. tonight for the reporters blowing in the breeze out there. i think we have escaped this one. it is underachieved. >> all right. bill karins,
feared. the storm is still kicking up dangerous rip currents, though. kevin is live for us in rockport, massachusetts. it looks pretty as a picture behind you. >> reporter: absolutely, you know. earl, we hardly knew you, thank goodness. because here in rockport, this harbor would be filled with boats and a lot of them have been pulled out of the water. and the good news is this morning that everything planned for rockport and the gloucester area out here in massachusetts is being put back on and all the labor day celebrations are going to be taking place. and they're going to be taking place as many people here breathe a sigh of relief. because this storm did go through here last night. it's gray and there's a little bit of rain coming down, but nothing like had been predicted all week long from this fierce force four hurricane that was going to be coming through here. fortunately, it was just sort of a storm when it came through here last night. and as you just mentioned, it's heading its way up north to canada towards halifax, and now people up there are being told to be on the looko
on the hunt for the culprit. box number two the u.s. department of justice suing controversial arizona sheriff joe arpaio and the feds say he is not cooperating with a civil rights investigation but the sheriff says this is harassment box three, young years crucial in propelling barack obama into the white house, can congressional democrats now count on the same voting block in november? that is ahead unless breaking news changing everything on studio b we begin with the fox news alert, a weather alert. hurricane earl is a category one storm and it took a swipe to be sure at north carolina's outer banks before headed to new england but so far no evacuations around cape cod, massachusetts but the leaders warn folks "stay away from the beach," as one official puts it "all it takes is one big wave to sweep somebody away." here is a like look at conditions from north carolina up to the far eastern community on long island and there the beaches are closed. the trains and ferries stopped running. and now the storm is expected to pass by along island this evening and massachusetts early tomorrow morn
friends. "ac 360" and anderson cooper is next. >>> larry, thank you very much. thanks for joining us, everyone. breaking news if you live from the carolinas to cape cod, stay up with us, the first big hurricane in years to threaten the east coast is getting ready to batter it. hurricane earl, somewhat weaker than it was last night. strong enough to do some damage. close enough to be felt on the outer banks of north carolina. you can see by the surf, 12 feet and rising, according to local reports. the area already under evacuation orders. local station wact reporting that authorities are using a reverse 911 system, calling local homes, warning anyone who answers to leave. covering it all for us, chad myers tracking the storm, rob marciano in kill devil hills, north carolina, and also tonight on cape cod where the storm is expected tomorrow, susan candiotti. a lot of plans for this labor day weekend could be upset. chad myers, where is it? how bad is it? >> it is off the coast of north carolina. it would be almost due east of what we would call morehead city or just a little to the sou
? >> they have the day off. only reason you're sitting there, my man! >> that's why! >> mike barnicle is with us and so is chris jansing, luckily, to save us from all of this. john heilemann of "new york" magazine and coourge of the juggernaut, that is "game change." isn't that fair to say? >> yeah, it is. >> fascinating. >> i like that "vanity fair" piece that willie keeps calling thick. >> i described it that way when i gave it as a present but nobody described it to me like that when they gave it back. >> mort zuckerman sw us. >> mort is mad at me because i'm going to steal money from him playing poker tonight. >> is this a weekly game you guys have some. >> every couple of weeks. >> every couple of weeks. i cry in between. >> do either of you ever win? >> mort never wins. >> never. >> i have been known to win on occasion. very sporadic occasion. >> is it wise to bet against, say, a mort zuckerman of the world who can sort of push those chips in the middle of the table without much concern for the implications of that move? >> mort does not have a poker face, let's put it that way! >>> we nee
and mika have one more day off. heading into the weekend, luckily, chris jansing is here to save us. >> as good as you get? sorry about that! >> we have a great panel with us. andrew ross sorkin. mike crowley is here from "time" magazine and joining us political reporter bob costa. aever also from washington, d.c., sam stein. the average age on the set right now, 17 years old. >> they asked where are the grown-ups. i'm it. >> we have a lot to talk about this morning but the headline, chris, hurricane earl. >> what a mess is out out there. hurricane earl is racing up the east coast after lashing eastern north carolina with severe rain and powerful winds this morning. for more on how the northeast is preparing for the storm we turn to the weather channel's julie martin who is in ocean city, maryland. good morning. >> good morning, chris. yeah, we're next here at ocean city, m.d. i don't know if you've seen the video from cape hatteras but they are getting battered pretty good down there. and expecting more of the same heading this way to mid to late morning in ocean city. i want to sh
by this storm as it passed through here overnight where or when or while many of us slept. >> did you call your college-age son in halifax to get a weather update? >> no, i'm going to give him a shout. like we discussed earlier, he is of college age. there really is no point me calling him at this time of morning because i'm not going to get anything that makes sense out of him anyway. i did talk to actually the canadian national weather service, essentially they've been saying to people, look, before you venture out, take a look out the window at the weather. that's their idea of a warning tlup because they get all kinds of storms and they're very used to it up there. what the heck? they're hearty canadians up there. >> pretty good advice any way you look at it. we'll get more from you later kevin. >> see you, earl. >> see yeah. >>> we have the latest on where tropical storm earl is headed. for that we go to meteorologist bill karins. good morning to you. >> good saturday morning to you. earl just brushed nantucket passing safely about 100 miles off the coast. that meant only winds around 40 t
they wanted us to proceed. they asked us to keep him on the phone and keep him talking. the lunch hours was just ending when the gunman walk under to the discovery channel headquarters just outside of washington waving a handgun and ordering everyone in the lobby to stay still. we now know the suspect was james jay lee whose long list of demands included a change in discovery channel programming. as word of the hostage situation spread, nbc news producer called discovery channel general number. suddenly lee himself picked up the phone. >> no one has been shot. >> do you have a gun? >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it i'll explode. >> reporter: decided against reporting the conversation until the situation was over. while lee held three hostages at gunpoint most of the building's 1,900 employees were told to evacuate and did. including all the children in a day care center on the first floor. >> someone came to me, came to me and said, don't go into the lobby. there's some action goin
in less than two weeks. >>> ahead on "news 4 today." how nasa is using earl as an opportunity to learn things. >> we'll look at the damage earl has caused along the north carolina coast. >>> it's risky business, one store is not open yet and already getting a lot of attention in virginia. >>> a look ahead to the weekend as well as a check of the traffic. stay with u >>> hurricane earl is now pounding the outer banks with heavy rain and strong winds. the radar showing the center of circulation is 50 miles to the southeast of cape hatteras. right now, right at the nags head beach, they just had a gust over 60 miles per hour, getting very heavy rain. it should be raining in ocean city pretty soon. we are getting a few sprinkles around the metro area. light rain in the northern neck of virginia and on the lower eastern shore at this time. we'll have highs climbing out of the 70s where we are now to the upper 80s. maybe a little sun back this afternoon. there is a chance of a passing shower. great weather for the holiday weekend. a look into the next week in 10 minutes. >> ashley, how's tra
. get triple points every time you use your card at marriott. apply now and earn 22,500 bonus points when you use your card and enjoy a free night stay. so, before you know it, work time becomes well-deserved downtime. apply now at marriott.com/freenightstay. you've got staying power. >> larry: joining us now from kill devil hills, north carolina, is its mayor. rob marciano just told us, mayor, and bill nye affirmed if anyone will get hit as it passes it will be your area. how concerned are you? >> we're really concerned down on hatteras island. it looks like a lot of water will pile up, pass over top, overwash mc-12 down there. >> larry: lot of emergency preparations? >> lot of work went on today. we pretty much got the entirety of our tourist population off of the island. and i'm standing on the deck right now, larry. i can hear the oceans roar. i can see the clouds moving around and i'm about half a mile back from the ocean and i can smell it. >> larry: why are you staying in kill devil hills? >> i'm the mayor, larry. i've got to stay here. this is my responsibility. >> larry: is
us know how things change throughout the morning. jonathan serrie is there at kill devil hills in north carolina. martha: from new york up to new england were expecting strong winds that could cause a lot of damage and injuries as well. fox filliate reporter andy fox filed this report. check it out. >> reporter: we have 45-55-mile-per-hour gusting winds. this is the most severe wind we have had so far. the sand is kick up. we have the surf. when just had a big wave couple and crash on the sand banks. that's the latest from here. highway 12 closed at bonner bridge. i think the wind just blew out my contact. it's in my eye but it's not on my eye. martha: hate it when that happens. make the best of a tough situation. when it goes from a 4 to a 2, people say, gee. and we have seen a tropical storm turn into a 2 hurricane. it's a very big deal. bill: we are waiting for a category 5 hurricane off the coast of jacksonville. in the hours before it strikes it drops from a 5 to a 2. we think the danger is past. it moves up the coast to north carolina and hangs there for a week and floods
us in clarifying some of that. we'll stay on top of it. an anne, can you clarify the difference between this being an oil rig and an oil platform. >> reporter: i wish i could. but i cannot. the good news is obviously fewer people were on this platform than on the deepwater horizon where you remember over 100 were on board when it exploded. we know there's a smaller human element to this. the question is what is the environmental danger from this fire? it's just too early to know. >> i understand there's an update now about the deepwater horizon well as well. >> yes. bp through its twitter counacco put out it resumed trying to move the capping stack on top of the macondo well that caused all the problems in the deepwater horizon. it's the first in a multi-step process. the enterprise will try to lift up the capping stack. then the q-4,000 will go on and latch onto the blowout preventer. the blowout preventer failed to work on that rig. it's a key piece of evidence in the criminal investigation as to what happened on april 20th. once the seas are calm, and they need seas of three
state. happy labor day weekend, it will be for north carolina. >> ron mott joins us from kill devil hills, ron, how is it looking out there. >> reporter: from a category 4 to a category 1. i can see just to our south here that there are some blue skies headed our way, and by about 3:00 or 4:00 eastern time, we're expected to be mostly sunny with temperatures rising rapidly back into the 90s here, it's going to be a great weather weekend for the labor day holiday. in fact the evacuation orders that have been put into effect have been lifted here in dare county, so people who have gone just inland will come back here to finish up their holiday weekends. this is how you want to van aftermath of a storm. this is one of the few storms i have ever covered that you can't see a single tree what was felled by the storm winds. about 2:00 or 3:00 this morning, the wind was whipping up pretty good. it's just one mile an hour below hurricane status. >> so, ron, up further north from where you are, new jersey has ordered swimmers out of the water, are you seeing anybody who's daring to get near t
to one in cash on hand. >> marilyn's first attempt at early voting began today. officials tell us they want went well. george is here with more on this. what kind of turnout did we have? >> pretty good, officials say. they were not sure exactly what to expect because voters are not used to going to the polls 11 days before election day. tonight we have the first card numbers on how this early voting experiment did the first timeout. >> doug and glory are two of the more than 12,000 who took advantage of the inaugural attempt at early voting on friday. it is the kind of turnout state election officials had hoped for. the last update was set by p.m. prince george's, baltimore, and anne arundel counties were the top turnouts. >> if the numbers they the same as they were today, we will reach that 20%. >> these and around a county candidates did not expect early voting to keep -- anne arundel candidates. >> i think it shows that a good decision was made in giving the voters that opportunity. >> doesn't favor one party chances of winning over another? >> that is tough to say. this is ma
. that last bit of rain, just moving offshore from ocean city. and that will pretty much do it for us, as far as earl's rains and winds are concerned for the most part. take a look at the track. it continues to move off to the north and northeast. at 21 miles an hour. it's down to a weak category 1. winds just barely at 80 miles an hour. it continues to move up toward new england. and may have strong wind gusts in portions of eastern maine. but eventually, this storm will be weakening as it heads into the cold waters. we have clouds around our region. but you can see, they're moving quickly. as the storm moves away, it is taking all of the clouds with it. providing us with a beautiful weekend. temperatures will be great all weekend long. tim is in the outback with a look at current advisories. still in effect for the atlantic coastal areas. >> still in effect. but only for a short time. we're still expecting the conditions on the shore that these advisories are going to be lifted. we're looking at a tropical storm warning in effect. it's always put in effect when tropical storm conditions are
they are expecting? >> well, shep, i have been using my pocket wind meter clocking winds right now 26 miles per hour. understand the brunt of the storm is still hours away. residents here are hoping that the storm will only sideswipe the outer banks but they anticipate there is a very good chance that the storm will move further inland and that they may be experiencing tropical storm force winds easily but quite possibly hurricane force winds in excess of 74 miles per hour, shep. >> shepard: how confident are officials there in north carolina that everybody is as ready as they are going to be for this thing? >> state officials are very confident that people have taken the proper precautions by and large the tourists who have been urged to evacuate the outer banks have already left and local residents who decided to hunker down, we watched them as they stocked up at local grocery and hardware stores. many of them battening down the hatches, pouring up windows it appears that most people are well prepared, shep. >> shepard: have you got to hope they are prepared to come back for the labor day weekend.
downgraded to a category 1 storm. nbc's michelle franzen joins us now live from chatham, massachusetts. what is the scene like there? >> certainly, the preparation the last two days, preparing for the worst what could have been a direct hit, shaping up to be a direct hit from hurricane earl here on cape cod that is not shaping up to be the case at this hour. however, still a significant storm, as bill just mentioned a got category 1 significant winds and nantucketed expected to still take the brunt of hurricane earl. right now though, very calm, in the bay, a protected area of chatham here. there are still some people out on the beach here, taking stock of this calm weather before the storm rolls n we have had had a shower just a short time ago of the outer bands of this storm but certainly a lot of people were preparing, boarding up their houses, moving boats to safer areas and also just stocking up. >> just got some water and mostly dry goods just in case refridge rater is down. >>> it is chaos, utter, utter kay, i don't we were just in there standing in line for literally 20 minutes. peop
for bringing us up to date there. swimmers ordered out of the water because of a dangerous riptide on this very important labor day weekend. many delayed plans or just took off early. cape may, new jersey, declared a state of emergency and the communications director for cape may, when's the big concern? why the state of emergency? >> contessa, the state of emergency has just been lifted. >> okay. >> it was not a state of emergency. it was an emergency proclamation signed late yesterday afternoon that enabled the local municipalities and the county to take the extra preparedness steps that needed to be taken. looking at the path of earl yesterday. but the emergency proclamation has been lifted. here at the jersey shore, the concern is for the rough surf and rip currents. again, with the waves out at eight to 12 feet, that's what the concern is right now. there's very little rain. we are experiencing some winds, sustained winds at 30 to 40 miles per hour, gusts to 50 miles per hour. basically earl spared us here at the jersey shore. >> have there been problems with swimmers needing to be rescued
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